Oh hello there. I’m BACK.
Thanks so very much to the gorgeous Rachel from Redcliffe Style for filling the Model and Me Monday slot here on Styling You while I was in Europe.
I loved seeing her take on the designs featured – and I love seeing her #everydaystyle on Instagram each day (make sure you follow along too).
Coming back to winter after three weeks of “summer” has been a little tricky to say the least.
Packing away those summer pieces for at least six weeks and embracing my winter wardrobe was a necessity thanks to a cold snap arriving in Queensland.
Yes, my southern sisters, it even snowed in highland areas near the New South Wales border.
Now, while all this chilly weather is very much still happening, fashion chain stores have moved on.
Yes, in fashion land, the season has changed and stores are filling with new-season, spring pieces.
If you’re over your winter wardrobe and looking to inject some life into it with something new then it is possible to buy from these new-season collections if you have your fashion wits about you.
Ideally you’d be looking for pieces that can be worn now with a few layers and then reinvented for spring without said layers.
That way you get more bang for your wardrobe buck.
I spotted this tunic dress in Country Road Australia last week because it very much fit my early-season buying brief.
Here it is on the model.
There is a massive ’70s influence coming your way this spring-summer.
I’m equal parts scared and excited. There are ’70s-influenced styles that really don’t suit me – and most of the general population – even with a 2015 twist on them.
Yes, high-waisted, wide-legged, three-quarter pants, I’m looking squarely at you.
What I do like from the ’70s, however, I will have fun and play with. Yes to more boho pieces. Yes to a-line skirts. Yes to bold stripes. Yes to tan shoes and accessories.
And I say yes to a-line shift dresses like this one.
I love the navy sweat fabric at the front (and POCKETS!) contrasted/spliced with the denim at the back.
The sleeves have an a structure to them that just works as a simple statement on a casual dress.
As for wearing this look now? It’s all about layers, my dear Stylers.
So tell me, have you freshened up your winter wardrobe with anything new? What have you seen in the stores that you can’t wait to wear when it gets warmer? Things you’ll be avoiding?
* The wedges and poncho were gifted to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here.
UPDATE: Miss SY (who works at Country Road) bought this same dress for her seasonal work wardrobe. She looks fabulous in it too.